Donatell On Wildcats' Radar

NU offensive coordinator Mick McCall made a stop to see Highland Ranch (CO) quarterback Steve Donatell. The 6-5, 195-lb. quarterback has one Big Ten offer in hand, and Northwestern could soon follow.

On Friday, Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall, along with an assistant from Colorado, stopped by Highland Ranch High School to see the quarterback and his teammate.

"It went really well," said Steve Donatell. "He was out to see both my wide receiver and me. From what our coach told us, he was impressed. He thought we did great. Overall, it was a good experience."

Donatell currently holds an offer from Nebraska, and has picked up interest from Northwestern, Boise State, Colorado, Iowa, Wake Forest, and others. Wake Forest is set to visit him on Monday.

Northwestern has been recruiting Donatell for a few months now, but none of it wouldn't have started if Coach McCall hadn't known Donatell's high school head coach, Darrel Gorham.

"Coach McCall actually coached my coach, so they knew each other and that' show it got started," said Donatell. "He came in one day and met with us, and we've kept in contact over the years."

Football runs in Donatell's family. His father, Ed, is a long-time coach, now coaching with Jim Harbaugh's staff with the San Francisco 49ers. He most recently coached with the Denver Broncos, before being hired by Harbaugh.

Thus far, Donatell hasn't visited Northwestern, but is hoping to visit campus for a summer camp. However, he does know all about the Wildcats.

"I know it's in Chicago of course, and it's a Big Ten school," he said. "My brother (Tom Donatell) plays for Iowa. Northwestern has always given them a tough time. It's a very prestigious school. I've only heard good things about them so far."

As things continue to pick up, Donatell is growing more and more interested in Northwestern.

"Definitely, they're a big interest," Donatell said. "I'm keeping my options open, but Northwestern is up there with some of my top teams."

While meeting with McCall, the coach didn't elaborate on a potential scholarship offer, but told Donatell to be patient, because he is high on their radar.

When he gets to campus this summer, he's hoping to see a few things of Northwestern, before further evaluating the program.

"I'd just like to get a first-hand tour of the campus and see the kind of environment and see the other coaches," Donatell said. "Just a visual and everything is biggest for me."

As a junior, Donatell was a threat in the air and on the ground. He threw for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing 62% of his passes. He also ran for 535 yards and six touchdowns.


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